Graduation

Among our seniors looking forward to graduating this month are . . .

    Kathleen Brzezinski
  • Kathleen Brzezinski of Highland – This non-traditional, computer science major resumed her education in 2008 after beginning as an engineering student in 1996. She, subsequently, changed majors and stopped in and out of school in response to other priorities and challenges. Like so many of our graduates, she has persisted successfully while juggling family and other responsibilities. Taking advantage of internships and other experiential learning opportunities, she recently accepted a job with a prestigious global corporation.
  • Miriam Chavez of Lake Station – This Spanish International Studies student acknowledges appreciation of the engaged learning she has experienced and opportunities to meet classmates from various backgrounds and cultures. She translates for her parents. Through her church, she is active visiting the elderly and serving the homeless.
  • Kelly and Corrie Frank of Munster – This daughter and father represent the latest graduates of a proud, Purdue family. Kelly, who also serves in the Coast Guard Reserves, looks forward to applying a degree in hospitality and tourism management. Military retiree Corrie will join his daughter as a May 20 Commencement participant, having recently completed his MBA studies as a member of MBAE Class #13. (For the record, sister/daughter Stacy earned a degree in marketing at Purdue Calumet; sister/daughter Stephanie earned a master’s degree at West Lafayette last December; and sister/daughter Carrie is in her second year as an undergraduate at West Lafayette.)
    Corrie Frank is pictured with wife Sharon (sitting on hood) and daughters (from left) Stacy, Carrie, Kelly (an HTM graduation candidate) and Stephanie
    MBAE candidate Corrie Frank is pictured with wife Sharon (sitting on hood) and daughters (from left) Stacy, Carrie, Kelly (an HTM graduation candidate) and Stephanie. The vehicle, a 1973 440 GTX Plymouth Road Runner, is Corrie’s first car. He drove Sharon to their high school prom in it in 1974. He went on to sell it and then managed to repurchase it in 2004. Subsequently, daughters Stephanie, Kelly and Carrie traveled in it to their high school proms.

  • Dina Frigo of Highland– Away from her studies and class activities as a marketing student and national sales competition participant, she has been active in the Environmental Club, partaking in recycling efforts in the Anderson building and recent Earth Week initiatives.
  • Jacklyn Heldt of Dyer – A hospitality and tourism management major, she also has served as president of the HTM Club. Her leadership contributed to such successful outreach activities as the club’s first food drive, College for Mentors Collaboration, The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, a breast cancer awareness fundraiser, Solar Oven Cooking Program and a Taste of HTM event. She also is a two-time Chancellor’s Outstanding Student recipient.
  • Joann Holmen of Elk Grove Village, Ill. – This Chancellor’s Scholar, Honors Program enrollee and double major in French and political science has served as a supplemental instructor and international students mentor. She has studied abroad in France and collaborated with two engineering students in an interdisciplinary project to earn 1st place in the Oral Presentation category of this spring’s Undergraduate Student Research Days on campus. Another experiential learning opportunity of which she has taken advantage occurred last fall during an International Organizations political science course. Culturally immersing herself, she prepared to represent the nation of Bahrain during the American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago. She also has volunteered helping Chicago area refugees of Iraq. She wants to teach English abroad.
  • Naiyuan (Sonia) Kang of Changchun, Jilin, P.R. China – This accounting major earned 1st and 3rd places recognition for Oral Presentations during this spring’s Undergraduate Student Research Days. She also has served three internships and has been a finalist in a CPA case competition.
  • Ben Moul
  • Ben Moul of Hart, Mich. – After arriving on campus as a Chancellor’s Scholar, this mechanical engineering major got busy doing stuff—boy, did he ever! He has helped design, build and modify moonbuggies that Purdue Calumet entered in NASA’s annual international Great Moonbuggy Race. This spring, he also helped race his school’s buggy to a third place finish. He spent a spring break week volunteering in the Dominican Republic. He has served as a residence assistant at University Village and has been inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary. He ran for Purdue Calumet’s first cross country team last fall. He helped establish the Peregrine Posse basketball cheering group, and he also spent a summer successfully bicycling across the United States. After graduation, he begins a job as a design engineer with John Deere
  • Allen Pennington of Whiting – This non-traditional student has not let blindness deter him. He wants to continue his education studying family law and also pursuing a master’s degree in social work. He has been accepted into more than a dozen law schools, complete with full fellowships. When he is not following his interest concerning inequities in the legal system, he finds time to volunteer at the Salvation Army and as a youth sports coach.
  • Aleksandr Shmagranoff of Munster – It is unlikely there are many, if any, other mechanical engineering majors who can claim victory in Purdue Calumet’s Intramural Fishing Contest (21″ Walleye in 2009), but, then again, Aleksandr’s Purdue Calumet experiences have been numerous. He is an ArcelorMittal Scholarship recipient and an Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) presenter. He also is an award-winning, Purdue Calumet Undergraduate Student Research Days participant, having learned experientially at the university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.


Also congrats to these prospective graduates from our faculty & staff and their families . . .

  • Salem Abuelizam, son of Raida Abuizam, associate professor of operations research—B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Jonathan Allan, son of Roberta Allan, assistant registrar/academic records—A.A. in Sociology
  • Donna Alt, CIT technology coordinator—M.S. in Technology.
  • Dachae Hill-Bryan, Experiential Learning coordinator of internships and co-op—M.S. in Technology.
  • Terri Chance, business manager—M.S. in Technology
  • Pamela Eggebrecht, financial aid specialist—M.S. in Technology
  • Amanda Farley, daughter of Catherine Farley, administrative assistant to the associate vice chancellor for administrative services—B.A. in Communication and Graphic Arts.
  • Gillian Leonard, director of international research and assessmentM.A. in Communication.
  • Brittany Norman, daughter of Water Institute secretary Karen Norman—B.S. in Management/Finance.
  • Adam Tenbarge, husband of Kasandra Tenbarge, Water Institute program and outreach administrator—M.S. in Education Administration.